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  •  Well, I think a lot of that anger is misdirected (8+ / 0-)

    A lot of it belongs directed towards specific individuals who abused religion and in so doing so, abused the person who is now angry and resentful.

    I am lucky that my involvement in organized religion was my choice (and in my case, it's a career choice as well--I'm "pious for pay" I like to joke but it's ONLY a joke) and that I was never oppressed by it as a kid or young adult. But people DO get oppressed by it and when you've been harmed by religion, it's easy to call every single theist a perpetrator. I get it.

    So I think you're very right, GG. Once you make peace, well, you should have peace. Some people aren't satisfied with peace, though. You're lucky. So am I.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:45:04 AM PDT

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    •  Wise words, C. (5+ / 0-)

      Abusers of religion do not equal the religion. How much woe could be avoided in the world if that were better understood.

      Being a Humanist means trying to behave decently without expectation of rewards or punishment after you are dead. ~K. Vonnegut

      by Greek Goddess on Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:48:48 AM PDT

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      •  Indeed. I find organized religion to be a very (5+ / 0-)

        inherently dangerous enterprise. However, I feel the same way about republican democracy. Of course, my church is full of agnostics and even some atheists (they stay for the music and the community, very much the same way some Kossacks only hang out in community diaries) and I'm the kind of person who thinks "it takes all kinds" and means it.

        By the way, my prediction is that this wave of evangelical fervor we've been experiencing for the last few decades is about to wane and in proportion to the increasing liability it is becoming to the corporatist right.

        I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

        by commonmass on Wed May 15, 2013 at 11:53:33 AM PDT

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      •  They may not equal the religion (1+ / 0-)
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        but alas they sure do seem to represent the majority of the adherants at least as it concerns the treatment of "teh gays".

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